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Intra-Individual Change in Personality Stability and Age

Title: Intra-Individual Change in Personality Stability and Age.
Name(s): Terracciano, Antonio, author
McCrae, Robert R., author
Costa, Paul, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2010
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The stability of individual differences in personality traits is typically examined at the group level with test-retest correlations across two assessments. For 684 subjects (age range 17-76) we computed individual coefficients from three sequential assessments to evaluate intra-individual (i.e., within-person) change in stability over time. For both trait and profile (ipsative) stability, results indicate that intra-individual stability increases up to age 30 and then plateaus. Neither demographic variables (sex, ethnicity, education, and secular trends), nor the standing on the five major dimensions of personality, were predictors of change in trait stability. Contrary to results from studies of adolescents, personality "maturity" was unrelated to personality stability in adulthood. These findings support the notion that personality stability plateaus early in adulthood.
Identifier: FSU_migr_geriatrics_faculty_publications-0019 (IID), 10.1016/j.jrp.2009.09.006 (DOI)
Keywords: personality, change, stability, longitudinal, intra-individual, GZTS, NEO-PI-R
Note: Published in final edited form as: J Res Pers. 2010 February 1; 44(1): 31–37. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2009.09.006'>">10.1016/j.jrp.2009.09.006
Citation: Terracciano A, McCrae RR, & Costa PT Jr. (2010). Intra-individual change in personality stability and age. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 31-37.
Subject(s): Behavior
Human behavior
Medical sciences
Social aspects
Social sciences
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Geriatrics Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Research in Personality.
Issue: 1, 44

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